Janaki’s 7 Habits Blog Post

Principle-Centered—-The Real Thing

Principles are the things that matter to you most, the values that you live by. For example, there are some principles like honesty, service, hard work, love, loyalty, self reliance, and responsibility. These are good values you should base your life on. It is better to be principle centered because you can center your life on multiple things, such as values that matter the most. For example, you could be centered on your boyfriend/girlfriend. That is the only thing you focus on. You don’t focus on other things, like school and your family. By being principle centered, you can focus on school, your family, your boyfriend/girlfriend, and all of the other aspects of your life, like happiness, loyalty, and honesty.

 

I agree with this statement very much. I think that all of us can work on this. It’s very easy to be caught up on one aspect of your life, and forget about everything else there is to life. I can totally relate to being caught up on one thing in life, like being focused on school or myself. By being principle centered, I can focus on everything that matters to me, not just one thing.

 

James’ 7 Habits Blog Post

Take Time For A Time-Out

 

No matter how much we work, Sean Covey is trying to say that we need to take some time out. Kind of like your car needs regular tune ups and oil changes. People need to have some oil changes and tune ups also. Our bodies need to be shown with relaxation and some tender love and care.

 

This section helped me out because I do tend to work out a lot, because my parents always would use to say, “When you get more stuff done, you can achieve more”. However, I misinterpreted it and I started working without a break until I got the job done. This statement in the book felt so true to me because ever since school started, I’ve been trying my best to get as much work done as I possibly can. The only rest that I could get was when I went to sleep, but this book takes me into a different direction.

 

Sean Covey is recommending teens that we need to take a break or rest for a little bit and relax our minds and body. I will take that recommendation and try my best to use it as much as I can, when I need it.

 

Not Relaxing Relaxing
Chores Laying down
Jobs Reading
Sports TV
Schoolwork Videogames

Liza’s 7 Habits Blog Post

The Lens of Possessions and Stuff

By Liza Heck

 

Many times, we get so wrapped up in the latest trends, that we only focus on getting the latest phone, clothing, or social media. This makes us forget what is more important in life, such as friends, family, and fun. In this habit, Covey focuses on “centers.” Centers are things such as friends, family, work, school, or in this case, possessions. When you are “stuff centered”, your main focus is on your possessions. As Covey says, “There is nothing wrong with achieving success and enjoying our stuff, but things should never become the center of our lives.” (19).

 

I think that everyone is a little wrapped up in our stuff, and that we could all work on this a little. I know that sometimes I get too into the trends that I start neglecting my other centers. When I don’t create a balance between all of my centers, my life gets a little out of control, and I think that this is true for everyone!

 

Covey recommends being principle centered. Instead of being focused on one thing, such as friends, work, school, or stuff, principal centered means you are centered around a principal such as honesty, love, or hard work. As Covey says, “Principles never fail.” (25).

Wren’s 7 Habits Blog Post

Say You’re Sorry

By Wren

Often in our lives, we end up in arguments that aren’t of any importance. However, we inevitably end up making mountains out of molehills and it turns into a war zone. Most of these arguments could have been prevented before they began, by just saying sorry.

Pride. Pride is the thing preventing us, or at least me, from solving these problems the easy way. As soon as I start thinking of saying sorry I think, Why would I be the one to apologize, they are the one who’s wrong here’. To most saying sorry is like admitting defeat, like saying you were wrong, but in actuality it proves that you are strong. Saying you are sorry is being the bigger person. It sends a message that says, ‘I am confident, I don’t have anything to prove to you and I can take responsibility for my actions’.

This is not like a lose- win situation where one party gives up and backs down. No one loses in this scenario. By saying you are sorry, with sincerity and confidence, the argument should end peacefully. If it doesn’t, then the other person generally has something to prove, and in this situation you should really just walk away. In the more likely scenario, a simple apology can stop a disagreement from escalating into a fight or destroying a friendship.

Bailey’s 7 Habits Blog Post

The Can-do Attitude:

Half of being proactive is having a “can-do” attitude. Can-do people think about solutions and options. They act, and take initiative to make things happen. Can-do people are courageous and smart, persistent and resourceful. They don’t wait for the perfect job! They go out and find it, and then they do their best to get it.

On the other side of the table are the “no-can-do” people. They think about problems and barriers. They are acted upon, and wait lazily for good things to happen to them. Looking for a good job, and can’t find one? Instead of sending out a resume or asking around, no-can-do people sit, whine, and complain about their unfortunate circumstances, which of course is not their fault at all.

Obviously, being a can-do person is the choice Sean Covey wants you to make. Just look at the quote he added in from Aviator Elinor Smith, “It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

However, being a can-do person is also the choice that will be the most fun, and allow for things that you actually want to do. It is nice being a can-do person! Everyone sees you as someone who gets things done. If you do everything on time (be it school assignments or getting your room cleaned) you will then have time afterwards to spend time on things that you want to be doing.

I know that when I have a school paper due in three days, I can divide up the writing of it among those three days so that each day I will not have so much work to do. I think that I can do it, and I end up having extra time to spend as I please. It is much easier then trying to cram it all in on one afternoon.

Overall, thinking can-do is the best way to get things done that need to be done, and still have some “you-time”. Can-do thinking will make life much easier and more enjoyable.